Big Spring Master Gardeners Present on the Boys and Girls Club at the MG Statewide Conference in March!
Big Spring Master Gardeners help facilitate Gardener's Toolshed Series at the Extension Office this spring!
Big Spring Master Gardener members Wolf Spendel, Michele Bradley, Ken Harrison, Mary Goldman, Jeanie Jackson, and Glenn Karuschkat assisted the UT Extension Office this spring in facilitating the Gardener's Toolshed Series held five consecutive nights during the month of March.
They created and presented programs on Soil Testing Basics, Small Space Gardening, Garden Disease ID and Control, Culinary Herbs, Medicinal Herbs, and Growing Tomatoes.
During the last Big Spring Master Gardener Association held on Tuesday, February 8th at the UT Extension-Greene County Office, John Rochelle, TDA Regional Plant Inspector presented an educational topic on “Care and Concerns of Greenhouse Maintenance.”
Mr. Rochelle made the following points in regards to preparation of plant selection, grooming and proper care of conditions in the greenhouse to avoid insect and disease control:
The information stressed by Mr. Rochelle was greatly appreciated by the current Master Gardeners greenhouse project team. The team is in charge of growing greenhouse plants to sell at the BSMGA “Annual Spring Plant Sale” on Mother's Day weekend, Saturday, May 7 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Greene County Fairgrounds.
Plants listed for sale include many varieties of heirloom plants of perennials, annuals, tomatoes, vegetables and herbs. Some of the heirlooms are difficult to find and include exotic and interesting varieties such as the Ghost Pepper and Mortgage Lifter Tomato. There are also over 32 varieties of herbs listed as well.
Team leaders for the Annual Spring Plant Sale are Mary Goldman and Phyllis Conner. Heather Youngblood is heading up the plant health and selection team. All members of the Big Spring Master Gardeners Association are volunteering to assist with daily involvement and duties pertaining to care and feeding of the young plants. Excitement abounds with the selection of plants! Everyone is encouraged to arrive early for the best selection.
Monies collected from the sale of the plants are assigned to all community projects sponsored by BSMGA; which include The Soup Kitchen Garden, Boys and Girls Club, New Hope Cemetery and Dickson Williams Mansion, to name a few.
Now, that spring is fast approaching, the "Ask a Master Gardener" hot-line is open for calls at the UT Extension-Greene County office, housed in the Greene County Courthouse Annex. Master Gardeners staff the lab at the UT Extension Office on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. If anyone has a question about their greenhouse, plants, or any other gardening issue, please contact the Big Spring Master Gardeners for information at the UT Extension, Greene County Office at 423-798-1710.
Remember the UT Extension Office has a huge sampling of public brochures and helpful booklets to assist any gardener with all aspects of animal, bee, farming practices, and plant selections for this area, as well as a lab to assist in diagnosis of plant disease or insects and soil sampling. For more information about becoming a Master Gardener, please contact Melody Rose at the UT Extension-Greene County office at 423-798-1710 or visit our Facebook page (Big Spring Master Gardeners Association) or www.bsmga.com website.
Spring 2016 - The Gardener’s Toolshed Series - Starting SOON!
Brought to you by UT Extension, Greene County
Basic Home Gardening Workshops will be offered during March and April. All classes will be held on Tuesdays, incorporating a variety of four topics into each of the five sessions. Learn all you need to know about site preparation, soil-testing, composting, plant and seed selection, small space gardening, cover crops, pollinators, companion plants and herbs, pest ID and control, and in-depth growth characteristics of veggies in your garden! Each class will offer a unique “freebie” to take home with you, including seeds, reliable resources, and even a free soil test!
Each session will be from 5:30 PM to 8:00 p.m. at the UT Extension Office, 204 North Cutler Street, Suite 105, Greeneville, TN 37745 (Downstairs in the County Courthouse Annex building.)
You can call the UT Extension Office (423-798-1710) OR pre-register here: http://www.bsmga.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html
Payment is required by Monday, February 22, 2016 for ALL sessions.
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